My 3 Writer Confessions

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(Only Game of Thrones nerds like me would know why I used this pic!)

This week we’re talking about confessions. Seems a bit counterintuitive, exposing our deepest darkest secrets before launching our debuts. It’s like open up the closet, letting all of our bodies tumble out while cheering “BUY MY BOOK!” (by the way, you CAN pre-order my book. I’m just saying!)

But I’ll play along. Here are three writer confession.

1. I’m Not a YA Writer

Allegedly was originally pitched as a contemporary adult novel. Even though the main character Mary is a 16-year-old girl, with the premise and subject matter being so dark, it made the most sense that the book would be for adults. Plus, I’ve read tons of adult books with a teen voice (like my fellow debutant’s Becoming Bonnie book, for example). After a few rejections, it was suggested to pivot my focus to the YA demographic and it turned out to be a perfect fit. However, it has taken some effort for me to switch gears and learn the ins and outs of the genre. Admittedly, I’m still not 100% comfortable but I’m trying.

2. I’m Not a Blogger

I am a long winded writer. I like pretty words and beautiful sentences. I like scene building, character development, and delivery. I could write 2000 words without breaking a sweat. But writing weekly short essays…about myself…damn near impossible. It takes serious concentration (and many rewrites) to pump these weekly blogs out. But that’s one of the reasons why I signed up to be a debutante. I took on this challenge to help strengthen my craft, learning how to write more concisely, reduce my rambling, under a weekly deadline. Practice makes perfect and all that jazz!

3. I have Attention Deficit Disorder

I call it the gift and the curse. A.D.D and I have had several fistfights while trying to complete my novel. I win every time, but that doesn’t mean I don’t take some hits to my self-esteem, sucking me bone dry of productivity.

I’m not very vocal about it. It’s a secret I’ve always kept pretty close to my chest. Until now.

I’ll tell you all more about being a Writer with A.D.D another time. Promise. 🙂

 

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Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar, most likely multitasking. Her debut novel, ALLEGEDLY is due January 24th, 2017 through Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins.

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  1. Thanks for ‘fessing up! I feel better now! I have A.D.H.D. which means for me even making a decision on what to blog about becomes overwhelming and the actual sitting down to write is the HARDEST part. I hate to be still! I love being with groups of people and all of the energy I find there. I love to move! Plus, try to copy or line edit with A.D.H.D… forget it!
    Looking forward to hearing more about your writing and A. D. D.

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